NEW Route maps-

Map of New  Route (9.20.16)

Satellite View of New route

1st set of proposed Maps- Click  Here

Winnebago-Boone Farm Bureau's Position:

The Winnebago-Boone Farm Bureau is opposed to the Great Lakes Basin Rail project at this time, but our organization will continue to evaluate the project and has the right to change our position if the economic interests and benefits outweigh the costs. April 15, 2016.

The Surface Transportation Board voted today to reject

the proposed Great Lakes Basin Rail Line.  

The Surface Transportation Board voted today (8/31/2017) to reject the proposed Great Lakes Basin Rail Line.

The STB’s five-page decision is attached.   STB found the application incomplete and GLBT’s assets of $151 “so clearly deficient for purposes of constructing a 261-mile rail line that the Board will not proceed with this application given the impacts on stakeholders and the demands upon Board resources.”  

The STB decision concludes: 

1. The application is rejected.

2. The environmental review is discontinued.

3. The petitions for rejection of GLBT’s application filed by the Opposition Groups, Save Our Farmland, and ELPC are dismissed as moot.

The Board acknowledged the comments filed by U.S. Senator Richard Durbin, U.S. Representatives Robin Kelly and Adam Kinzinger, state and local officials and entities, and numerous comments filed by individual private citizens.

Letter from the STB rejecting application

Related Articles & News Coverage:

AgriNews 4.26.2016

Beloit Daily News 3.19.2016
Beloit Daily News- 3.19.2016: Hearing
Beloit Daily News 3.12.2016

Chicago Tribune 5.28.2016

Chicago Tribune 3.21.2016
Chicago Tribune 10.1.2015

Post Tribune 6.17.16

Post Tribune 6.3.2016

Post Tribune 5.20.16

Post Tribune 5.6.2016

Post Tribune 5.5.2016

Post-Tribune 4.15.2016

Post Tribune 4.14.2016

Post Tribune 4.12.2016

Post-Tribune 4.9.2016

Post- Tribune 4.7.2016

Post-Tribune 4.5.2016

Cowsmo- Wakeley Family

Daily Herald 4.20.2016

Daily Journal 6.2.2016

Daily Journal 5.3.2016

Daily Southtown 4.20.2016

Farm Progress 6.28.2016 Eminent Domain

Farm Progress 5.12.2016

FarmWeekNow 4.14.2016

Fox 32 Chicago 5.6.2016

GazetteXtra 5.27.2016

GazetteXtra 4.19.2016

GazetteXtra 4.17.2016

GazetteXtra 4.14.2016

GazetteXtra 4.8.2016 4.13.2016

Marengo-Union Times 5.31.16

Milton Courier 4.19.2016

Morris Herald 5.11.2016

Morris Herald 4.14.2016 8.31.2017 5.18.2016

News Tribune 4.9.2016

North West Herald 5.8.16

NVS 4.9.2016

NWI Times 5.27.2016

NWI Times 5.5.2016

NWI Times 4.24.2016

NWI Times 4.13.2016

NWI Times 4.11.2016

NWI Times 4.10.2016

NWI Times 4.9.2016
NWI Times 11.10.2013

Prairie Farmer on Eminent Domain 6.28.16

Progress IL 5.11.2015- Train Hazmat Spills

Progressive Railroading 3.21.2016

Reboot IL Letter to Editor 5.16.2016

Rockford Register Star 6.9.17- Calvary Cemetery

Rockford Register Star 4.29.2016

SaulkValley 4.13.2016

Samuelson Sez 5.7.2016

The Devil's Advocates Radio-WI 5.20.16

The Farmer's Exchange 4.29.2016

Wall Street Journal 4.29.2016

Wall Street Journal 4.19.2016

The Washington Times 5.27.2016

WGN Ag Cast 4.9.2016

WCMY 1430 AM 5.10.16

WIFR 8.31.2017

WIFR 23 5.23.16


WREX 8.31.2017

You Tube Video 5.26.2016


CommonDreams 6.5.2016 Portland 6.6.2016

OregonLive 6.4.2016

Additional Links and Documents

Summary of STB Process for new railroad construction projects

Summary of Environmental Review Process before the STB

STB Docket which has the filings submitted to the STB

Surface Transportation Board- EIS

Great Lakes Basin

Boone County, IL

Boone Co, IL Printable map book of proposed route (PDF)

Boone County Online mapping application of the proposed railroad route with additional Boone County information such as parcel boundaries, road names and municipal boundaries

Amtrak Study (released in 2015)

Kevin Rund, IFB Radio interview on Central ILLINOIS

Click Here


Illinois Farm Bureau Opposes GLBT


Illinois Farm Bureau Request Additional Public Comment Period...

Letter to STB 9.23.16

 Latest News

GLBT release Stockholder, Financial Info

FarmWeek- published  June 23, 2017

GLB Responses to STB

June 9, 2017- includes List of Share Holders

June 22, 2017- includes Financial Statements

STB Ruled GLBT's APPlication INCOMPLETE- June 2, 2017

STB ruled that GLBT’s application was incomplete and they ordered STB to submit supplemental information by June 22, 2017.

The deadlines imposed by the STB’s regulations for comments on the transportation merits of the application are tolled.  The STB will issue a subsequent order IF GLBT submits the information requested by June 22, 2017 and then the STB will address the requests for an extension of time.  Click here to read STB's Order.

IL State Representatives Back Resolution against GLB Railroad

Peoria Public Radio

STB Order for Individuals to Comment- May 9, 2017

STB entered an order waiving the service of process requirement for individuals who submit comments to the STB on GLBT’s application. Click here to read STB's Order.

Illinois Farm Bureau Dispels rumors about Great Lakes Basin...


Prairie Farmer on Eminent Domain

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